Qadree Ollison

Qadree Ollison

Running Back #30
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 228 lb.
College:Pittsburgh
Age:24
Born:September 8, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 5 (152)
Draft Team:ATL

Qadree Ollison: Ends season as healthy scratch

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Ollison cashed in with four rushing touchdowns during his 2019 rookie season despite receiving a total of just 22 carries. His offensive role this season was virtually obsolete, as the 24-year-old ends his sophomore campaign with one rush for three yards (and zero TDs) over three game appearances.

January 3, 2021 8:36 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Healthy scratch against Bucs

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Atlanta rolls into Week 15 deploying a trio of active backs with Todd Gurley, Brian Hill and Ito Smith each dressing for the NFC South showdown. Ollison has been sparsely involved this season for the Falcons' 25th-ranked rushing attack, fielding just one carry over 13 combined offensive snaps in his three game appearances.

December 20, 2020 9:19 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Sitting out Sunday

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ollison was scratched even when Todd Gurley (knee) was out. With Gurley returning to action Sunday, Ollison will watch from the sidelines once again, as Brian Hill and Ito Smith will serve as backfield depth. Ollison's next chance to play is in Week 14 against the Chargers.

December 6, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Scratched for Week 12

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive, and instead of responding with an increased role for Ollison, the Falcons made him a healthy scratch. Tony Brooks-James was elevated from the practice squad to add depth behind Brian Hill and Ito Smith.

November 29, 2020 8:47 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Garners first rush attempt of 2020

Ollison rushed for three yards on his only carry during Thursday's 25-17 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The second-year back had been active for just one game this season prior to Thursday night, but with Ito Smith a healthy scratch, Ollison garnered his first carry of 2020. The former Pittsburgh Panther came through with his opportunity, moving the chains on third down with his carry at the 10:30 mark of the second quarter. Ollison was utilized as a short-yardage back last season for the Falcons, gaining six first downs on 22 carries and punching in four TDs. Todd Gurley's arrival in Atlanta has curtailed Ollison's usage near the end zone, as the two-time All-Pro leads the entire NFL with 38 red-zone carries through his first eight games as a Falcon.

October 31, 2020 10:48 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Scratched again Sunday

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Lions, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ollison has suited up in just one game this season and didn't log any offensive snaps. Brian Hill and Ito Smith will continue to operate in a change-of-pace setting behind bell cow Todd Gurley.

October 25, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Only one appearance on season

Ollison (coach's decision) did not dress with the team during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Ollison totaled four rushing TDs in his rookie campaign out of Pittsburgh last year, but he has yet to see his first offense touch of 2020. The 24-year-old garnered 22 carries over eight appearances as a rookie, but it's been Brian Hill (25 rush attempts) and Ito Smith (11) who have so far benefited from the backup RB workload behind Todd Gurley. Ollison's only appearance of the season came Week 3 against the Bears, but he's otherwise been a healthy scratch in every game.

October 13, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Inactive against Packers

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Packers.

Analysis: Ollison was active for the team's Week 3 contest against the Bears, appearing only on special teams. However, he's again the odd man out in the Falcons' backfield. Active in his place will be Todd Gurley, Brian Hill and Ito Smith.

October 5, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Healthy scratch Sunday

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

Analysis: Ollison is the odd man out in the Falcons' backfield, as Brian Hill and Ito Smith will back up Todd Gurley in the season opener. He'll hope to get in the lineup Week 2, but if Gurley, Hill and Smith stay healthy, Ollison could remain a healthy scratch.

September 13, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Returns to practice

Ollison was back at practice Monday after missing multiple sessions last week with an undisclosed injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The second-year back finds himself with some work to do in the backup running back competition, as Brian Hill continues to prove himself as a star of training camp. Ollison certainly had some noteworthy practice performances of his own prior to the injury, but his niche role within the Falcons' rushing attack becomes somewhat repetitive if Todd Gurley is able to consistently handle carries near the goal line.

August 31, 2020 8:03 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Sits out Monday's session

Ollison (undisclosed) has missed back-to-back practices, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A specific reason for Ollison's absence has yet to be identified, but the second-year back's status is one to keep an eye on as training camp progresses. The 23-year-old enjoyed a streak of productive practices last week, but his bid to secure the No. 2 or No. 3 role at running back has been sidelined for the time being.

August 24, 2020 4:22 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Stands out during practice

Ollison was "the most impressive (Falcons) running back" during Wednesday's practice session, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year back not only had a presence in the ground game, but he also made multiple noteworthy plays as a pass catcher. Ollison was virtually obsolete in the passing game with just one catch in eight appearances last year, but he did serve as the team's primary goal-line rusher. His five goal-line carries outpaced Ito Smith by two for the team lead, however, Todd Gurley surely figures to step into a prime red-zone role himself in 2020, as his 12 carries inside the five-yard-line tied Ezekiel Elliot and Sony Michel for ninth most in the NFL last year.

August 19, 2020 6:11 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Team-high four rush TDs in 2019

Ollison ran for 50 yards on 22 rush attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns during his rookie season out of Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The 2019 fifth-round draft choice played more than 20 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in one game all season, while collecting just 2.8 carries per game across eight appearances. Ollison's 2.3 yards-per-carry average is a discouraging sign, but he was able to come through four goal-line touchdown runs on the year, proving capable of bowling through defenders in key situations. Looking forward to 2020, he is expected to serve as a backup option to Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith (concussion).

January 1, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Yet another rushing TD Week 16

Ollison registered a three-yard rushing touchdown on his lone carry during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The rookie Ollison continues to be a goal-line vulture, now having accumulated four rushing TDs on just 18 career carries. His 2.3 yards-per-carry clip has been less than optimal, but that low average is largely attributable to Ollison being deployed against stacked boxes as a primary short-yardage option for Atlanta. Ollison may find difficulty breaking into the end zone again in the season finale, with Atlanta taking on a Buccaneers defense that has allowed just eight rushing scores all year to opposing RBs.

December 22, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Notches third career TD

Ollison tallied a one-yard touchdown run on his only carry during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco.

Analysis: The rookie out of Pittsburgh capitalized on his lone offensive touch Week 15, plunging across the pylon from a yard out to cut the 49ers' lead to 19-17 with 5:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Ollison now has three touchdowns since garnering his first NFL carry Week 11 against Carolina, though his 2.2 yards-per-carry average has been underwhelming in the early going. Even taking into account his limited offensive workload, Ollison has a strong chance of cracking the end zone again Week 16, taking on a Jaguars defense that ranks tied for 22nd in red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game (3.4) and 31st in rushing TDs allowed per game (1.4).

December 16, 2019 9:25 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Carries four times in win

Ollison ran four times for six yards during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Ollison returned to offensive action Sunday after being relegated to special-teams duty in Week 13. Ollison has recorded carries in three of his last four games and scored in the first two, not bad for a RB4. He holds some value as a touchdown vulture, but the potential risk is not worth the reward, even Sunday against a 49ers defense that, while tops in the league against the pass, surrenders 4.6 yards per opponent carry, 24th in the league.

December 10, 2019 8:46 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Scores for second straight week

Ollison registered 20 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and hauled in his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The rookie back out of Pittsburgh has demonstrated a nose for the end zone through the early portion of his professional career, scoring on his very first NFL carry last week against Carolina, and punching in another from a yard out Sunday against Tampa Bay to provide him with two TDs on 12 total rush attempts. With Brian Hill managing only 1.8 yards per carry in his two-game audition as the starter and Devonta Freeman (foot) potentially facing his third straight absence, Ollison could transition into a more prominent role Thanksgiving Night when the Falcons take on a Saints defense that contained Christian McCaffrey to fewer than 3.0 YPC in Week 12.

November 24, 2019 6:22 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Tallies first career TD

Ollison ran for 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The rookie back dressed for the first time last week during Atlanta's upset of New Orleans, but did not receive an offensive snap until the Falcons' road trip to Charlotte. Ollison toted just under 20 percent of the team's running back carries, and most notably tallied his first career touchdown in a regular-season game. If Devonta Freeman (foot) is forced to sit out again in Week 12, Ollison will continue to serve as a complementary option to Brian Hill in a matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has contained opponents to a meager 3.5 yards per carry this season.

November 17, 2019 7:40 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Slated to have role in game plan

Coach Dan Quinn said that Ollison "will definitely take on more of a role" in Sunday's game against the Panthers with top running back Devonta Freeman (knee) ruled out for the contest, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh has been on the Atlanta roster all season, but he was a healthy inactive through the first eight games before filling purely a special-teams role in his NFL debut in last weekend's upset win in New Orleans. With Freeman sidelined for at least one game, however, Ollison should get his first snaps on offense, though both the rookie and veteran Kenjon Barner will rank as clear depth options behind Brian Hill. Thanks in part to Freeman's early exit versus the Saints, Hill picked up a season-high 40 offensive snaps, while Barner played 11.

November 15, 2019 9:53 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Remains healthy scratch

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Texans.

Analysis: The rookie will continue to wait on his NFL debut despite the fact fellow running back Kenjon Barner (concussion) is out for a second consecutive week. Brian Hill will continue backing up the top backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

October 6, 2019 9:13 AM EST

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